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THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL: Anna Marie Horsford & Obba Babatundé Make Their Debut As Maya's Parents: Can The Avants Find Acceptance And Open Their Hearts?

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The Bold and the Beautiful hit the jackpot casting veteran television, film and stage performers Anna Marie Horsford and Obba Babatundé to play the parents of Maya and Nicole Avant, played by Karla Mosley and Reign Edwards.

On Friday’s episode, as Vivienne and Julius Avant, Horsford and Babatunde’ made their B&B debuts in some high emotional stakes scenes, as Julius (the disapproving father) wants to whisk Nicole out of LA and back to Illinois and far away from the supposed influence of Maya.

Later, when Maya comes face-to-face with her parents, who are waiting for her inside the Forrester mansion living room, and after Vivienne asks Julius to be open to the possibilities of having a relationship with their daughter, Maya is shocked when she sees her father and asks … why is he here? Julius walks over to Maya and hugs her, and then says, “I had to see my little girl.”  And thus begins the next part of The Bold and the Beautiful’s masterful telling of the story of Maya Avant – a transgender woman and her journey of love and acceptance from those closest to her.

Watch the scene featuring Anna, Obba, and Karla after the jump, and next the latest promo from CBS Daytime for next week, as the drama continues in this important story on a daytime TV.   Then share your thoughts of the debuts of Anna Marie and Obba, and the writing of Maya’s story?

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sarah
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sarah

Amazing is there really anything else to be said they are really going for it the dialogue was intense they are not backing down at all they are going the whole 9 yards with this love it

mariette
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mariette

Ms. Horsford is a great comedy actor, wonderful seeing her play drama, and so well. The entire scene with Maya, mom and dad was riveting without being inappropriately sensational. Kudos.

Iakovos
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Iakovos

Often the best comedic performers are very good doing drama. The story line is interesting, for sure, and daring in its trappings, but the core of parents, expectations, and finding true self in life, are evergreen. And it is refreshing B&B has a plot other than the tiresome bedroom roundelays and endlessly unresolved triangles among in-laws.

I wonder where the Avants will be in a year. Is this family a keeper for B&B?

Derrick
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Derrick

Friday was a very good episode! Great on Brad to cast Anna and Obba in the role!

Michael
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Michael

I am so mad , it was pre empted in NYC

Mo
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They sure did hit the jackpot with casting these two.

Scott N
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Scott N

Friday wasn’t their debut, as Horsford arrived on July 3 and Babatundé on July 9. But in just a few days, these two actors did a great job showing the feelings the Avants had about Maya. We heard about it before from Maya and Nicole, but it was more powerful hearing them say the words.

I’m wondering what’s up with that hug. Could Julius really have turned around that quickly because of what Nicole said to him?

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I agree that the casting is terrific…but I really think the writers should have dug deeper in back story… I find myself FF’g thru many of the episodes thus far.

On another note, I like the new B&B, but the silliness of taking down Stephanie’s portrait and replacing it with Maya’s takes away from the strong storyline…. c’mon… that’s like putting up Steffy or Hope’s pic…. utterly ridiculous.

Nice to take a good long break from Brooke and her whining however!

Debra
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Debra

Great call having some new great faces on your show! Anna Marie Hordsly and the young and handsome actor Mr. O✨✨

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Laurence Fishburne to Present Levar Burton with Lifetime Achievement Honors at ‘Children’s & Family Emmy Awards’

The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) announced today that Laurence Fishburne (ex-Josh Hall, One Life to Live 1973-1976 ) will present Levar Burton with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the upcoming Children’s & Family Emmys on December 11th from the Wilshire Ebell theatre in Los Angeles.

Fishburne, who collectively had won a Tony, NAACAP and Emmy Awards, will honor his longtime friend for the body of his work. Most notable among their many collaborations was when Burton served as executive producer for the 2016 remake of Roots, which starred Fishburne.

As many know, Levar Burton is an actor, director and educator who has taught generations of children about the joys of reading through his show Reading Rainbow. Throughout his career, Levar has been honored with 13 Emmy Awards, 3 NAACP Awards, a Grammy Award for Spoken Word Album, a Peabody Award, a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, among other accolades.

Burton is the award-winning author of The Rhino Who Swallowed a Storm, A Kids Book About Imagination, and his Grammy Nominated book, Aftermath. His podcast, LeVar Burton Reads, has been downloaded more than 25 million times. Recently, he launched the LeVar Burton Book Club via the Fable app.

The Children’s & Family Emmy ceremony will be hosted by former 30 Rock star, Jack McBrayer, and will be streamed live on NATAS’ dedicated viewing platform powered by Vimeo, available on the web at Watch.TheEmmys.TV and via The Emmys apps for iOS, tvOS, Android, FireTV, and Roku.

What do you think about Levar Burton receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award at the upcoming ‘Children’s & Family Emmy Awards’ and from Laurence Fishburne, no less? Comment below. 

 

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GH’s Josh Swickard Stars in HBO Max Film ‘A Hollywood Christmas’

Circle Thursday, December 1st! That’s when you can see General Hospital’s Josh Swickard (Chase) in yet another holiday film.  This time, Swickard stars alongside Jessika Van in A H0llywood Christmas streaming on HBO Max.

In story, A Hollywood Christmas follows Jessica, a successful Christmas movie director, who begins living her own real-life Christmas movie when a handsome television executive named Christopher (played by Swickard), shows up on the set.

Sent by the network to decide if producing Christmas movies are worth the expense, Christopher’s presence threatens to halt production on Jessica’s latest film. With Christopher looking over her shoulder on behalf of the network, Jessica now has to juggle: actors on the set falling in and out of love, an elf dog, and her own romantic feelings for the network exec!

As many are aware, Josh stars in many holiday films, so it’s a bit of send-up about a guy who is in Christmas movies starring in a movie about the making of one.

Warner Brothers posted tune-in info on their official Instagram a few days ago, sharing, “It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas… #AHollywoodChristmas premieres in SIX Days! Spend the #HolidaysWithHBOMax.”

You can check out the trailer below.

Will you be checking out Josh in ‘A Hollywood Christmas’ starting this Thursday? Comment below.

 

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Jack McBrayer and JoJo Siwa Named Hosts For First Annual ‘Children’s & Family Emmy Awards’

The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) has announced that Emmy nominee and former 30 Rock star Jack McBrayer (ex-Kenneth), and Emmy nominee and music and social media sensation JoJo Siwa, will host the first annual Children’s & Family Emmy Awards.

McBrayer will preside over the Children’s & Family main ceremony on Sunday, December 11 and Siwa will lead the Children’s & Family Creative Arts Emmy ceremony on Saturday, December 10.  Both events will take place at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre in Los Angeles.

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In addition, XOMG POP!, the all-girl pop group created by Jess and JoJo Siwa, will perform at during Creative Arts ceremony. Dancing with the Stars fans will also recall that JoJo Siwa along with pro dance partner, Jenna Johnson took 2nd place during season 30 of the ballroom dance competition series, becoming the first all-female team to compete.

Siwa is also a bestselling author, singer and film star with over over  60.5 million followers on social media and 3.6 billion views on YouTube.  Her first-ever tour, D.R.E.A.M. The Tour, sold out 100+ arenas as she became the youngest artist ever to headline and sell out the O2 Arena in London.  She was named one of Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in 2020.

McBrayer is nominated this year for a Children’s & Family Emmy for Outstanding Host for his work on Hello, Jack! The Kindness Show. Siwa has two nominations – one for Outstanding Choreography for her Peacock show Siwas Dance Pop Revolution, and one for Outstanding Music Direction and Composition for a Live Action Program.

In a statement, the actor shared: “I am thrilled to be hosting the first Emmys ceremony specifically created to recognize the important and influential Children’s & Family genre.  It is truly an honor to be celebrating all of the individuals whose wonderful contributions remind us that great television can entertain, educate and bring together people of all ages.”

Siwa added, “I am honored to be hosting the very first Children’s & Family Emmy Awards, and to be a nominee in both outstanding choreography and outstanding music direction and composition for a live action program. It’s sure to be a fun-filled evening with my girl group, XOMG POP! kicking off the night with what will be a great performance!”

Adam Sharp, President and CEO, NATAS shared on the host announcements: “We’re thrilled to recognize the fastest-growing genre in television by launching the Children’s & Family Emmys with such cultural powerhouses as Jack McBrayer and JoJo Siwa. Their undeniable energy and enthusiasm perfectly capture the tone which will set this ceremony and competition apart for years to come.”

The Children’s & Family awards are the first standalone expansion of the Emmy Award competition since 1979 and marks the successful culmination of the first full year of the realignment between NATAS and the Television Academy.  With nearly 3,000 submissions, the competition is now the largest that NATAS oversees.

You can view the nominations here.

So, what do you think of NATAS’ picks of JoJo Siwa and Jack McBrayer to host the inaugural Children’s & Family Emmy Awards? Comment below.

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